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Yellowstone season 4: Jimmy to take over from Rip as star drops huge clue? ‘The next Rip

Yellowstone: Cole Hauser discusses Rip’s new surroundings

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Rip (played by Cole Hauser) has been the no-nonsense, bone-crushing leader of the Yellowstone Ranch’s staff since the very beginning. Portrayed as owner John Dutton’s (Kevin Costner) trusty righthand man, Rip has time and time again shown his worth to keep the ranch running – from whisking enemies to the “train station” as well as putting his colleagues in their place with his steely look and harsh demeanour. One such wrangler who’s felt Rip’s wrath more than once is Jimmy (Jefferson White) but that could all be about to change as the Paramount drama edges towards its season four finale.

Jimmy’s matured into a hard-working wrangler on the Yellowstone Ranch but this hasn’t come without its difficulties.

A passion for rodeo blindsided Jimmy from his work on the ranch and after nearly crippling himself in the season three finale – against the word of John – he was banished to ply his trade away from his friends and colleagues in the bunkhouse by moving to 6666 in Texas.

Jimmy is now determined more than ever to prove the cowboy life is for him, even if it meant leaving girlfriend Mia (Eden Brolin) behind and getting his hands dirty at 6666. 

However, Jimmy will undoubtedly be hoping to return to Montana to reunite with the Dutton family and his bunkhouse pals – and speaking on the official Yellowstone podcast, it may not be at the bottom of the hierarchy. 

On a recent episode of the pod, Jimmy star White was joined by Forrie J Smith – the man behind experienced veteran cowboy Lloyd.

Lloyd has been by Jimmy’s side ever since he was introduced to the ranch and was even the one who first convinced him rodeoing could be a good way to raise some cash.

And as the pair delved into their characters’ bond, Smith couldn’t help but draw comparisons between Jimmy and Rip.

White began: “A relationship that, for me, has been incredibly informative and instructional and nourishing is the relationship between Lloyd and Jimmy. 

“Because from day one, I, Jeff, have been looking to you, Forrie, for leadership, for mastery, I’ve been asking you questions. You’ve been teaching me how to ride, how to live in Montana, how to survive in the bunkhouse, all of this. 

“I’ve been learning lessons from you since day one of Yellowstone and Jimmy has also been learning lessons from Lloyd since day one of Yellowstone, you know. 

“Lloyd has been in a lot of ways a sort of father figure to Jimmy, he’s always someone who showed him the affection and care that Rip doesn’t and John Dutton doesn’t, no one else does. 

“So will you talk a little bit about Lloyd’s relationship to Jimmy and what that means for Lloyd, specifically. What it means to have that person looking up to him?” the Yellowstone star asked.

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Smith then weighed in: “You know, I think everybody kind of needs that. And Lloyd is – evidently it’ll come out in season four people – I was that way with Rip.”

Dropping a huge hint Jimmy could follow in Hauser’s character’s footsteps, Smith continued: “And you’re kind of the next Rip. And I see the heart and the determination in you, you know, you could’ve not shown up but you did, you showed up. 

“Jimmy showed up and he put up with Rip harassing him and still sticks right in there, and Lloyd appreciates that and I think that’s one of the things that drew Lloyd to Jimmy, Jimmy’s determination and he was gonna do this. 

“Another thing that people don’t realise is a lot of the men that I was raised around in Montana and Texas, they don’t show affection. The only affection they get is what Rip (does). If Rip didn’t care about you, he wouldn’t harass you.”

Smith concluded: “It’s like working for Taylor Sheridan [showrunner], if he’s not telling you to do anything, then you must be doing it right and that’s kind of the way I was raised, if you’re not getting chewed out or cussed, you’re doing things right. 

“Nobody’s ever going around patting you on the back saying, ‘Good job, thank you’, that didn’t happen. It’s just when you weren’t getting yelled at, you knew you were doing things right and that’s kind of the way I looked at Jimmy and Rip’s deal. And that’s where Lloyd’s coming from.”

Rip’s been at Yellowstone since he was a runaway teen after killing his father and taken under Lloyd’s wing from the get-go – proven via the series’ flashback scenes. 

So with Smith hinting Lloyd has been approaching Jimmy the same way all this time, could it be foreshadowing Jimmy’s rise to the top of the Yellowstone hierarchy – and even into the shoes of Rip?

Yellowstone season 4 airs Sundays on the Paramount Network in the USA. A UK release date is yet to be announced.

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